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Jessica H. Y. Chen DDS &
Emma K. Etemadi DDS
14142 Main Street NE
Suite 104
Duvall, WA 98019

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Wisdom Teeth-Not so Wise After All

September 16th, 2018

 

With age comes wisdom. Specifically, wisdom teeth.

Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.

When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you have pain, see your dentist immediately.

Room to Grow?

Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space for them to surface or they come through in the wrong position. If your dentist says your wisdom teeth are impacted, he or she means they are trapped in your jaw or under your gums.

As your wisdom teeth make their way through your gums, your dentist will be monitoring your mouth for signs of the following:

  • Wisdom teeth that aren’t in the right position can allow food to become trapped. That gives cavity-causing bacteria a place to grow.
  • Wisdom teeth that haven’t come in properly, which can make it difficult to floss between the wisdom teeth and the molars next to them.
  • Wisdom teeth that have partially come through can give bacteria a place to enter the gums and create a place for infection to occur. This may also lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in your jaw.
  • Wisdom teeth that don’t have room to come through are thought by some to crowd or damage neighboring teeth.
  • A wisdom tooth that is impacted can form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth. This could damage the roots of nearby teeth or destroy the bone that supports your teeth.

Why You Might Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)

Your dentist may also recommend removal of wisdom teeth as part of treatment for braces or other dental care.

Before making any decisions, Dr. Emma Etemadi or Dr. Jessica Chen will examine your mouth and take a panoramic xray. Together, you and your dentist can discuss the best course of treatment.

 

Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As people age, they are at greater risk for health problems—and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Be sure to, floss around your wisdom teeth and visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to evaluate your wisdom teeth and your overall dental health.

If you are concerned about your teen or young adult's wisdom teeth, please consult with us at their next checkup. We're happy to help.

Duvall Family Dental 425.802.5806

info@DuvallFamilyDental.com

info adapted from the American Dental Association

 

Your New Patient Experience

September 13th, 2018

 

Welcome to Duvall Family Dental!

Your New Patient Comprehensive exam and teeth cleaning is coming up and we are looking forward to meeting you!

What can you expect during your first visit to Duvall Family Dental?

Please allow up to two hours for your first visit. In this visit we include a comprehensive exam with a detailed review of the current condition of your teeth, gums,  and smile.

  • Our highly trained dental assistant or hygienist will begin by reviewing your medical and dental history including any medications you may be taking. Your overall health and safety are very important to us so we will take a baseline blood pressure reading.
  • We will then capture a series of dental radiographs to visualize the areas in between the teeth, the roots of the teeth, surrounding structures and jaw bones. We are looking for tooth decay, bone loss, root abnormalities, infection or anomolies in the jaws
  • Our team member will then capture a series of photographs. This includes images of the individual teeth close-up and also photos of your smile, tooth alignment and bite. These photos are wonderful for showing you current conditions in your mouth and for disussing any esthetic issues.
  • Next, our expert Dental Hygienist will perform a Periodontal Exam. She will mesasure the space between your teeth and gums and assess your overall gum health and risk for gum infection and gum recession.
  • The Dentist will review all of the data and images that is gathered in the first half of the appointment. Dr. Emma Etemadi or Dr. Jessica Chen will then complete a comprehensive exam of your mouth including an oral cancer screening.
  • After the examination is completed, you and the Dentist will look at the photos together so that we may show you any important findings, recommend new treatment for you, or discuss cosmetic options for any issues or concerns you may have.
  • Our gentle Dental Hygienist will then clean and polish your teeth, protect your teeth from tooth decay with a professionally applied fluoride treatment and review any relevant oral hygiene instructions and recommendations for your optimal oral health. She can also get you set up with an appointment for your next routine dental check-up.
  • Once the exam and cleaning have been completed, our expert Patient Care Coordinators will have a printed treatment plan ready for you. They will review your treatment plan estimate and insurance benefit details, if applicable, and will  help coordinate your next appointment with the doctor.

We look forward to meeting you. Be assured that you will enjoy the most thorough New Patient dental visit you have ever experienced with our gentle, kind, professional and friendly Duvall Family Dental team.

To request an appointment-please call 425-354-3628 or email info@DuvallFamilyDental.com

Electric Vs. Manual Toothbrushes

September 8th, 2018

 

Electric toothbrushes—you’ve seen commercials for them and walked past them in the aisle. Oral-B? Sonicare? You wonder, “Are they really worth the money?” When some models cost as much as $180, it’s best to do your research before upgrading.

Let’s find out more about manual vs. electric toothbrush traits:

Advantages of Manual Toothbrushes

  • Less expensive
  • No need to charge or replace batteries
  • Easier to travel with
  • Easier to replace
  • Can get multiple brush heads for the entire family
  • Fun Apps to connect with the brush like timers, pressure indicators

Advantages of Electric Toothbrushes

  • Generally equipped with toothbrush timers
  • Can be more comfortable for people who have arthritis or problems holding a toothbrush
  • Rotating and oscillating bristle heads can effectively reach and clean trouble spots
  • reduce the amount of pressure exerted on the gums minimizing gum recession

What Current Research Says About Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrushes

The American Dental Association says both kinds of toothbrushes are effective if you brush for two minutes twice a day. As in, "what works best is the one you use" But, a Cochrane Oral Health Group review found that electric brushes have a slight edge. The study saw:

  • an 11% reduction in plaque after 1-3 months of use
  • a 21% reduction in plaque after 3 months of use
  • a 6% reduction in gingivitis after 1-3 months of use
  • and an 11% reduction in gingivitis after 3 months of use

The long-term oral health benefits of electric toothbrushes are still unclear, however, this information allows us to see that electric brushes do have a slight advantage over manual brushes.

Benefits Dependent on Usage

No matter which option you choose, a clean mouth is dependent on proper brush use. Some electric brushes move side-to-side, while others move in a circular motion. Some manual toothbrushes have larger heads and layered bristles. Regardless of style, you need to brush twice a day for two minutes to see any benefits.

You should also use a brush with soft bristles to prevent gum damage. Too much pressure from a toothbrush can wear enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. Brushing should include all surfaces—top of your mouth, sides, your tongue, cheeks. The ADA even recommends chewing while brushing.

Wondering which powered brush is best for your mouth?

Ask your Dental Hygienist on your next visit to Duvall Family Dental.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Emma Etemadi or Dr. Jessica Chen call 425-354-3628 or email info@DuvallFamilyDental.com

*info adapted form Delta Dental

 

Start the school year with a smile: 3 back-to-school tips

August 22nd, 2018

It’s the start of a new school year, and your kids are set with new clothes and school supplies. But don’t forget about oral health! Add these dental health tips to your back-to-school checklist.

Take your kids to the dentist

Start the school year right with a dental cleaning and exam. Ask your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start. And they can even improve your child’s performance at school. A third of children miss school because of oral health problems, according to Delta Dental’s 2015 Children’s Oral Health Survey.

Pick the right snacks

Swap out lunchbox no-no’s with healthy alternatives. Instead of chips or crackers, try nuts. Salty snacks may seem healthy because they don’t contain sugar, but simple starches can be just as bad. These snacks break down into a sticky goo, coating teeth and promoting decay. Avoid candies and granola bars, offering crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots and cubes of cheddar cheese.

Make brushing and flossing fun

To keep their mouths healthy, kids need to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. They should also floss every day, preferably after dinner. Try these tricks to make oral hygiene more exciting:

  • Use a sticker calendar. Let your kids place stickers on each day to represent brushing and flossing.
  • Play music. Collect your kids’ favorite two-minute songs and make sure they brush the whole time.
  • Help your child pick a themed toothbrush in his or her favorite color.
  • Provide a kid-friendly floss holder. These Y-shaped devices make flossing more comfortable.

Call or email Duvall Family Dental to make an appointment with Drs. Jessica Chen or Emma Etemadi for your next dental check-up.

 

Content from Delta Dental

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